New priest ordained in Bergen


On Sunday, 26 September we celebrated the ordination to the priesthood of The Revd Kirk Weisz in Bergen. Kirk was ordained by Bishop David, and the sermon was preached by Archdeacon Leslie Nathaniel at the service where over 50 people were able to gather in person.

Kirk serves as curate at the Anglican Chaplaincy of Norway.  Ahead of ordination, Kirk said: “I feel committed. When we commit ourselves to something like being ordained, there is a sense of freedom in that this is what God has called me to and I am ready, I am prepared. There is a sense of being ready to get going and celebrate communion! There isn’t any other type of work that I would rather be doing and I feel blessed in that”.

Bishop David said:

"Father Kirk and the members of his congregation have demonstrated extraordinary patience in waiting for covid-19 restrictions to relax between Norway and UK in order for this ordination to proceed. It was a joyful gathering in the historic 12th century Marienkirke with a combined choir from the Cathedral and the Chaplaincy. Several priests from the Church of Norway assisted me with the laying on of hands, in a very visible sign of the communion between the Church of Norway and the Church of England, brought about by the Porvoo Agreement, which is 25 years old this year, and also a testimony to the esteem with which his ministry is held by our sister Church."

You can read more about Kirk’s ordination journey in the Summer 2021 edition of European Anglicans magazine here. You can also watch this video 'Journeys to Ordination 2021', featuring all our ordination candidates this year who are now deacons or priests in the diocese.

Photos:  With grateful thanks to friends in the Anglican Chaplaincy of Norway and Aiden Hargreaves-Smith.